While most teams will be pleased to get the mandatory fitness test out of the way, Hong Kong First Division side Rangers are taking the dreaded Cooper Test one step further by requesting their players run an extra 100 metres. Rangers' team manager Philip Lee Fai-lap said he has asked his players to run 3,100 metres instead of 3,000 metres in under 12 minutes, the pass-mark for the Hong Kong Football Association's test to qualify to play in the senior league this season. And Lee warned his players that they will be fined if they fail the test. 'We want to prove that we are fitter than the other teams and I am confident that all my players will pass the test,' he said. Rangers held a mock test at the Siu Sai Wan Stadium yesterday and out of a squad of 25 players, eight failed, including three goalkeepers. Lee said senior players who fail the test would be fined $500 while junior players from the Reserve Division would be fined $250 if they fail the stepped-up test. Most of the players who failed the test yesterday were about 100 to 200 metres short of the target. Lee was confident they would all pass the test on August 8 at the Siu Sai Wan Stadium. Last season, Rangers made the mandatory fitness test harder for their players saying the gruelling challenge instilled confidence among the players. Rangers, who were coached by Butt Wai-hong last season, are convinced the more difficult test will give their players the stamina and confidence to last the long season, with endurance being the key factor. Rangers will be operating on a budget of $7 million with last season's vice-president Wong Kin-wah as their new chairman. The club will be coached by former Hong Kong Sports Institute junior coach Lai Sun-cheung.